David Cromer Will Direct and Star in Our Town at London's Almeida; Season Will Also Include Premiere of Little Revolution

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22 May 2014

Director David Cromer in <i>Our Town</i>
Director David Cromer in Our Town
T. Charles Erickson

An American classic and a new political drama about England will be featured in Almeida Theatre's Autumn 2014 season.

Little Revolution, Alecky Blythe's political drama about the 2011 riots, will begin performances Aug. 26.

David Cromer will reprise his role as Stage Manger in Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, following its acclaimed run in New York. Cromer will also direct the production, which will begin performances Oct. 9.

The theatre also announced the West End transfer of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III. Directed by Almeida Theatre artistic director Rupert Goold, Tim Pigott-Smith will once again play Charles. The transfer marks the fourth production to transfer from the Almeida within the last year, along with Lucy Kirkwood's ChimericaGhosts, by Richard Eyre; and Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's 1984.

The season-at-a-glance follows.



World Premiere
Little Revolution
By Alecky Blythe

Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins
Aug. 26–Oct. 4
"In the summer of 2011, London was burning. Alecky Blythe took her Dictaphone to the streets. After the ground-breaking London Road (National Theatre), Alecky Blythe returns with a new play about the 2011 Riots. For this world premiere production, she is reunited with director Joe Hill-Gibbins following their acclaimed production of The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic/ Royal Court/ Drum Theatre Plymouth)."

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder

Directed by David Cromer 
Oct. 9–Nov. 29
"We grow-up, we fall in love, we have families and we die. That is our story. Performed on a bare stage with minimal props, two people fall in love, marry, and live out their lives as a small American town becomes an allegory for everyday life. Award-winning US actor-director David Cromer directs this intimate, stripped back version of Wilder's iconic American play. Cromer's acclaimed production of Our Town ran for over a year at the Barrow Theatre in New York where it won multiple awards. It was subsequently revived in Los Angeles and Boston. With Cromer reprising his role as Stage Manager, this will be the UK premiere of his definitive version of Wilder's classic."

King Charles III
By Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold
Wyndham's Theatre
Sept. 2–Nov. 29

"The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Mike Bartlett's controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family."

Visit almeida.co.uk for more information.